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More Republicans than Democrats leaving Congress before 2020 election

James Sensenbrenner (left) and Lamar Alexander (right) speaking.
Jim Sensenbrenner (left) and Lamar Alexander. Photos: (Left) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Tasos Katopodis/Getty images

More Republicans than Democrats are exiting Congress in the lead up to the 2020 elections. 14 GOP representatives and 4 senators are retiring without bids for higher office, compared to 1 Senate and 3 House Democrats.

Why it matters: Congressional retirements provide a gauge of the political landscape before an election and may signal that some GOP candidates lack confidence that their party can retake control of the House, per The Atlantic.

What the North Carolina special election means for 2020

In this image, a blurred "vote here" sign rests in the foreground on a green lawn. Behind that sign, two signs stand next to each other that read "Dan McCready" and "Dan Bishop"
Campaign signs for McCready and Bishop in Waxhaw, North Carolina, Sept. 10. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Republican Dan Bishop will represent North Carolina’s 9th District in Congress after narrowly winning Tuesday's special election. It was a surprisingly tight race in a district that President Trump carried by 12 points in 2016, per Politico.

The big picture: Bishop's win against McCready, a centrist who ultimately raised more money than his Republican counterpart, could be an optimistic sign for the GOP as they eye taking back the House in 2020. However, Bishop only won by 2 percentage points in a district that hasn’t been held by Democrats since 1963, the New York Times notes.